Assistant Library Director
As a husband and father (and grandfather), a librarian, a writer, a concerned citizen, and many other things, my roles in life are very diverse. But the one unifying thread that ties them all together is my relationship to God through the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and my overarching desire to serve Him and to help others know him. I hope that even this web page, in its own small way, may serve toward that end.
Personal: My wife Barb works at McDonald's, and is a talented maker of hand-carved
wooden picture frames. (She was born and raised in Appalachian Virginia; I'm from the
Midwest --born in Minnesota and raised in Iowa.) We have three grown daughters, two
in the U.S. and one in Australia. I enjoy reading, chess, cooking, and taking walks; my interests include folklore and history, archaeology, and Scandinavian studies (I'm of Swedish stock). We're members of the Nazarene church here in Bluefield, and are active
supporters of the Abel Center (www.abelcenter.org). Along with some other librarians and writers, I'm also active in supporting the Cuban independent libraries movement, a
grassroots challenge to the tyranny and censorship of the Castro regime. You can visit our
website at www.4freadom.org.
Degrees: B.A. in History, Bethel College (North Newton, KS), 1979; M.A. in Religion,
Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 1981; M.L.S., Indiana State Univ., 1987.
Library Ministry: Here at Easley Library, my title is Assistant Director. I oversee our
periodicals and the development of our book collection, and provide reference service and
other assistance to those who use the library, either in house or electronically. Also, I teach Advanced Honors Studies), take care of the vertical file, and work with interlibrary loan. All of this keeps me pretty busy!
Writing Ministry; While I do some book reviewing and write occasional scholarly articles,
my real love is the writing of fiction --mostly, though not entirely, supernatural fiction (I much prefer that designation rather than "horror"). My "literary influences" include the works of Manly Wade Wellman, C. S. Lewis, H. P. Lovecraft, 19th-century masters like Hawthorne, Poe, and Bram Stoker, and such old TV series as Dark Shadows and Boris Karloff's Thriller. (I also read, and enjoy, a good deal of science fiction and regular fiction.) I'm particularly interested in using the possibilities of supernatural fiction to explore human spiritual needs, and the conflict between good and evil. My short stories have appeared in Beginnings, The Ultimate Unknown, and the electronic magazine Transfinite, and my first novel, Lifeblood, was published by Silver Lake Publishing in 2004. Currently, I'm working on a new novel, which will be set here in Appalachia.
Contact Me: I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear from you!